Profile For Eric H.

Eric H.'s Info

  • Location:
    Winchester, KY

  • Driving Status:
    In CDL School

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 2 months ago

Eric H.'s Bio

Hello everyome, I'm currently in training with Roehl to get my CDL. I have a training diary started on here. So follow me as I go through this journey

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Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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A New Adventure

Day 4:

Another day gone. But it was a pretty damn awesome day!! As usual we started out on the sims. Did suburban driving today. Well until the instructor wanted to throw me and a few others who are doing well for a loop. I ended up getting some steep hills and my mind went blank on what to do. I knew to go in a low gear but it wasn't translating in my head. But it was a great learning experience.

After lunch we headed out to a into rangee and did some straight line backing. The trainer on that said I did a good job. You can tell if you're doing well here or not.

If you're doing things right, not much is said to you.

So although it seems like a boring day it was awesome. And I'm getting to know the other trainees better as well. Everyone in my training class is awesome. They're good peoples.

But that was my day. Day 5 tomorrow is the end of the week until Monday. So I'm about to hit this pre-trip up all weekend.

Until tomorrow!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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A New Adventure

So, before I get into day 2 and 3, let me tell you, I've learned a lot, and I mean A LOT, in my 3 days here. I can already tell that the instructors here want you to be successful and give you tips and such to make sure you will be.

After 3 days I know I will succeed, where in other places I would have certainly failed. It wasn't an easy decision to leave the previous company (I will no longer be naming the company I am with or was with), but I can tell that it was the correct and right decision for me.

So... here we go.....

Day 2: Tuesday was a day filled with presentations on various subjects, watching some videos on double clutching and shifting, plus we did a little work in the SIM room here. These sims are freaking awesome!!! We did work on the straight line. And other than the machine I was on being messed up, I did pretty well.

That was pretty much Day 2. Boring. But I did some learning today.

Day 3: Today was equally as awesome. We started off with roll call, had a brief presentation, then we were split into groups. One group went outside (Brrrrr!!) and was show the pre-trip. My group headed into the Sim room to work on shifting.

A few of us either have experience in driving or already have some training, so for some of us this Sim was pretty simple. These machines aren't perfect. But they can help you with the gear pattern and getting that muscle memory for DC. After lunch we switched.

The way the instructor did the pre-trip made everything easier. If you do it as he showed you and study on it, you should pass easily.

That was all for today.

Tomorrow it's more SIM time for one group while the others go to a range to do some straight line backing. Then of course we switch. Should be a good day!!!

Well, I'm in my room studying on the pre-trip. I know the parts and where they are, just gotta make sure I have the words right.

So I hope everyone is having a good day and I look forward to posting for you folks!! I finally feel I'm on the correct path to get those L's!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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A New Adventure

Day One:

Well, day one is your typical boring day here in Indianapolis. I got up around 6:30. Didn't go down to the cafeteria till around 7:40. Class began at 8.

Today consisted mainly of paperwork, contract signing and a drug test. That was it. So as anyone who reads this can see, a typical boring first day.

But so far I like it here and the group I'm in are some pretty cool people. Tomorrow will be much of the same so I may not post again till Wednesday.

So until next time folks!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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A New Adventure

As those who were reading my Roehl diary, I'm no longer there. After things were taken care of I am now with a different company. I considered returning to Roehl, but this company got me up here to Indiana yesterday.

So... this new adventure starts. I'll put Day One later this evening on here.... so join me on this journey. It's gonna be a wild ride, I'm sure....

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Started training for Roehl This week.

Awesome Jeff and Congrats!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Thanks Lunchbox. And it's all good. I can say I got some time behind the wheel yesterday. A total of 8 miles. And since it was a Monday and all I was off synch. But it's all ok. I'm not giving up. I'll be posting again sooner than expected. Not gonna let the cat out of the bag on that one.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Due to some unforseen situation my training at Roehl is over for now.... so this diary is over for now. . . Thanks to all who commented. . . . I'll get back to a diary once I'm back in training. And I will be getting back. While away I'll continue my studies as well on pre-trip and all. Can't let things get to me and get ready to get back at it....

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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My Roehl (Gary) Experience Early 2017

Mister B, don't forget to make sure everything is properly mounted and secure!! And no leaks....

I'm glad things are going good for you down there is Gary. I almost went to Gary but told them to just send up here to Appleton instead. Hope you have a great rest of your Sunday. And good luck on Week 2. I'm sure you're looking forward to it as much as I am.

And the way you all do Pre-Trip is a great idea. We've hardly went over it at all. Which has me worried. But I'm gonna take what you all do and see if my group wants to give it a shot. Sounds like a great way to get it down.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Eric,

When is your CDL Exam date? What week are you in?

Was there in January, if you need to know anything, ask me. I hope you got MO as your trainer. The guy is a riot!

When in doubt, wait it out. Sound familiar?

Mike, the "When in doubt, wait it out" is something Ryan says all the time. Thing about it is though, you'd think that'd be common sense. As I said, I have some small things to work on driving wise. But by the end of this upcoming week, I have a feeling I'll have it down ready for week 3.

As much as I'm ready to get the certificate to go home and get my CDL hard copy, I know I'll end up missing it here. Even this horrible cold weather !!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 7:

Sure, it's an off day, but I thought I'd go ahead and post anyway.

Tomorrow is gonna be a big day for me. I'm first to drive in our group. Time to show my trainer that I listened to what he had to say Friday about not missing 7th gear. A few times I've went past the spring wall and went from 6th to 9th.

The thing is I see tiny improvements everyday I get behind the wheel. Which is what you want. No improvement= Bye Bye. And that is not something I want.

I spent last night and part of this morning going over everything in my mind. Right and left hand turns, shifting, visually scanning at all times, mirror checkes every 8-10 seconds, downshifting, just everything. I'm going to spend this week taking it all in and then implementing any feedback I get from my trainer.

As nice as it's been to esentially have this "34 Hour Reset" I'm ready to get behind the wheel and get these things hammered out.

The first week flew by (minus the day we were shut down for weather). So I'm excited to see what all we get in this week. Hopefully at least one day of highway driving. We began street driving in the community first. Which I understand why.

Highway/Insterstate driving is the easy part as my trainer says. If you can get things smoothed out and do city/town driving well, then the rest is gravy.

We've only worked on straight line so far. Which all 3 of us do well. So.hopefully tomorrow we'll work on the off-set and alley dock (90° back). Those were the 2 things that gave me problems in my previous experience. However, with the training they give here, I'm sure I'll get those two mastered.

I know the pretrip. But I still do a little studying on it nightly to make sure I have it down. Then, tomorrow or sometime this week I'm going to ask my trainer to do the brake test with me. I've done it before previously, but I want to know it's something I'm gonna pass. It's the part of the pretrip that you can not miss anything on.

Although it won't happen, my goal when I test is to get 0 points.... on all of it. The road test I can see getting a few points somewhere.... but at minimal, the pretrip and backing.... Goose egg is my goal.

J.J. Keller book final I'll knock out next weekend. I already did the mid-term Friday night. I got 14 out of 15. Which percentage wise is a 93%. It was open book, but I only opened it to answer the question I got wrong. Open book tests are typically ones I don't do well on, unless I do the opposite and not use the book.

But anyway. I keep rambling on. Trying to relax since it's only 10:15AM. Work out all my previous Week One nerves and get my mind focused on Week 2.

So, until tomorrow everyone!! Have a wonderful Funday Sunday!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Started training for Roehl This week.

Good luck on Tuesday Jeff!!! You got this!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Started training for Roehl This week.

My FVTC is a Roehl Instructor.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Hey Mike! I'm heading into week 2 on Monday. And no, I have Ryan from Roehl as a trainer. For some reason he occasionally makes me nervous. I'm not sure why. But I have seen Mo. Kinda reminds me of Chibbs from SOA for some reason. But during dispatch he always looks so serious. I'm hoping we get to switch up soon. Just to get other trainers perspectives.

The only thing I'm struggling with is my nerves. They are what keep messing me up when I do. I get overly nervous and mess up from time to time.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 5 (6):

Today was a short day. Only at the Roehl Terminal from 7-11:30. Went over Trip Planning today. That was it.

Now still here at the terminal doing laundry. Which is free here. So hope everyone has a great day!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 4:

Folks, today was an awesome day. Went to bed last night at 8:30. Up at 5. Did the whole breakfast thing and was at morning dispatch at FVTC at 6:45.

Today we started out on the Keller Track (what I call the speedway) and went around with the trailer hooked up. Did pretty good. Was taking the turns the way we were supposed to and all. Had one minor hickup or brainfart on my part. Kept stalling at one point because I kept for getting to let out on the brake when it started to give a little pull. A few times my timing was off as well. But that's okay. Overall I think we all did ok.

After lunch we went to the Sim room to work on backing. I did the straight line pretty good. Then we had a scenario where the police clear the road and you have to pretty much serpentine around the curves to get back. Didn't too incredibly horrible. Just mixed up when to adjust right or left a few times. But the plus to it all is that it was our last day in the sim.

Around 2:30 we met up with the other instructor named John and headed out to the Industrial Park for some street driving.

It was awesome. Taking turns, shifting and down shifting those gears and getting better as we went along.

Had a few hiccups again but it was okay. All part of the learning process. And we're all getting better.

Tomorrow is more street driving and we start doing some live backing.

As I said, an awesome day!!! It's so hard to believe that in a couple of days we will be done with Week 1 and 3 to go. Actually about 2.5 depending how testing days go. But I'm confident that by then we'll all be ready, and all 6 of us will come out of this with our CDLs. Then of course after that will be graduation and time to go home for a bit to get the actual CDL and wait on a Driver Trainer to go out on the road with them for about 15 days!!

Hopefully anyone headed up here in the next week or two will have as much fun learning this life as I am!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 3:

Well, woke up at 5 AM again. This time to low temps and freezing rain falling. Rode in with a fellow trainee. Did dispatch and Ryan got his assigned Roehl truck back in for us to use. Which will now be the truck we train in.

After dispatch we went with Ryan to see a demo of coupling a trailer. As well as a street demo (meaning he just went out on the roads). By this time the snow was coming down good. Saw 2 different wrecks while we were out. When we got back to FVTC we saw a lot of people coming in.

After this we went into the sim room and worked on our right and left turns on the sim. Didn't go too badly. I think I did right turns pretty good, but my brain got all jumbled on the lefts. I did them without hitting anything, but I was going into the wrong lane and everything. But that's ok. Then we went to lunch.

After lunch we got the word that we were shut down due to the weather and road conditions. So, the rest of the day my group was in the Inspection Bay (Where you'll be when weather is bad enough) going over the pre-trip one at a time. After that we met the other 3 in the sim room and just talked about the day. Ryan felt we did good. Which is good. I felt I struggled a tiny bit today.

And now here I am at the hotel. Once relaxed I'm gonna study as much as I can on the pre-trip. As I've said, I've passed a pre-trip before so I know I can do it again ij a few weeks.

So, a slow boring day for today. Hope you all have a great rest of your day. New day and new beginning tomorrow.

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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My Roehl (Gary) Experience Early 2017

Awesome. I'm up here at Appleton training. I'm like you, this company is top notch. Hope everything goes well with ya!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 2:

So, I'm sitting out here on the porch of the hotel having me a cancer stick after somewhat nerve racking day. But all in all, I think we all did well. So here's how my day went...

As usual with me and my roommate we are up at 5 AM. I was down stairs by about 6:10. Ate breakfast. This morning I went light with a pastry and muffin.

Ryan came and got us in the shuttle today so we'd know how to get to Fox Valley Tech.

We were in what's called dispatch at 7 AM. That's where you'll fill out the form for lunch and get your assignment for the day (trainer, truck, trailer).

Then we filled out the paperwork for FVTS. We split into two groups of 3. Went out to.our assigned truck with Ryan. He went over the pre-trip on the tractor with us. Then it was time to hit what I'll call the speedway (it's a big oval). Then we took turns driving around that oval. Learning to shift up and down shift. It was a bit slow at catching on at this point. We did this till lunch time.

After lunch my group hit the simulator up with Ryan. The simulator isn't my favorite thing here, only because it made me dizzy like I was wearing VR Goggles and doing a VR Roller Coaster. But it did help.

Around 2:30 we switched and went out with John. He did things a little different and we went around the skid pad area and worked on shifting. I grinded a couple of times but all in all things started clicking. He only had me do one lap. I'm not sure if that's because I did good or because I scared him bald (LOL). A little before 4 John showed us how to uncouple a trailer (my group didn't drive with one today, but he said we were ready for one when we were done). We met up in the sim room with everyone else, filled our log books out and now we're back at the hotel.

Not a overly detailed day but I'm sure anyone reading this can hopefully get what's going on.

So anyway, I'm about to read a couple of chapters from my book, go over my logs and make sure they are up to date and correct (I'm kind of a perfectionist.) Then relax till around 8:30-9 then it'll be time for some sleep.

Today went by super fast. Which is a good thing. I can't wait till tomorrow. Training here is superb!! If not the best!!

So, until tomorrow everyone. Have an awesome day. I'm on my way to my CDL and becoming a professional trucker!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 2:

So, I'm sitting out here on the porch of the hotel having me a cancer stick after somewhat nerve racking day. But all in all, I think we all did well. So here's how my day went...

As usual with me and my roommate we are up at 5 AM. I was down stairs by about 6:10. Ate breakfast. This morning I went light with a pastry and muffin.

Ryan came and got us in the shuttle today so we'd know how to get to Fox Valley Tech.

We were in what's called dispatch at 7 AM. That's where you'll fill out the form for lunch and get your assignment for the day (trainer, truck, trailer).

Then we filled out the paperwork for FVTS. We split into two groups of 3. Went out to.our assigned truck with Ryan. He went over the pre-trip on the tractor with us. Then it was time to hit what I'll call the speedway (it's a big oval). Then we took turns driving around that oval. Learning to shift up and down shift. It was a bit slow at catching on at this point. We did this till lunch time.

After lunch my group hit the simulator up with Ryan. The simulator isn't my favorite thing here, only because it made me dizzy like I was wearing VR Goggles and doing a VR Roller Coaster. But it did help.

Around 2:30 we switched and went out with John. He did things a little different and we went around the skid pad area and worked on shifting. I grinded a couple of times but all in all things started clicking. He only had me do one lap. I'm not sure if that's because I did good or because I scared him bald (LOL). A little before 4 John showed us how to uncouple a trailer (my group didn't drive with one today, but he said we were ready for one when we were done). We met up in the sim room with everyone else, filled our log books out and now we're back at the hotel.

Not a overly detailed day but I'm sure anyone reading this can hopefully get what's going on.

So anyway, I'm about to read a couple of chapters from my book, go over my logs and make sure they are up to date and correct (I'm kind of a perfectionist.) Then relax till around 8:30-9 then it'll be time for some sleep.

Today went by super fast. Which is a good thing. I can't wait till tomorrow. Training here is superb!! If not the best!!

So, until tomorrow everyone. Have an awesome day. I'm on my way to my CDL and becoming a professional trucker!!!

Posted:  2 years, 1 month ago

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Roehl Transport: Get Your CDL Diary

Day 1:

My roommate and I got up around 5 AM this morning. Kinda piddled down and bit then I headed down to wait on breakfast.

Here I was expecting a crappy, cold, Continental breakfast. Boy was I surprised. We had pancakes, sausage links, eggs, I'm not sure what all. And let me tell you, it was good. It definitely hit the spot, even though I only ate a couple of pancakes and a sausage link.

We chilled out in the lobby until around 7 AM. That's when a guy named Ryan showed up with the van to head over to Roehl.

To start the day we had a brief get to know you, then we filled out a paper for the Pre-Work Screening. Then we all hopped into the van and headed to the Medical Center to do the PWS. And a quick note for anyone coming in, try not to have a lot of caffeine or smoke until after you've had this test.

So, pretty much they'll call you back one at a time. They'll take your resting heart rate and blood pressure. Don't be nervous, it's a fairly simple test.

Then you'll go out and the first you'll do is squat under this metal table/bench which replicates squatting under a trailer during your pre/post trip inspection. You'll do it twice and stay under for 20 second each time.

Next, on the same station, you'll observe the 3-points of contact, and get up on the station, and to your knees. Then again using the 3-points of contact get down. After each thing you'll get your heart rate checked.

Next, you'll life some baskets from waist to shoulder. 2 different weights. Then again your heart rate.

Next is the part I struggled on a bit since I am just a little fella. You'll push against a bar 3 times and need your average to be 80lbs. And you'll pull 3 times for an average of 100. Now I got the averages, but what scared me was my target maximum HR was 167. You are not supposed to meet that maximum. I had 169. So, I had to go outx rest then push and pull again. This time, 166. Although I nearly failed (I'm so glad I didn't) my heart rate is normally high anyway.

After that you're done. Another quick note. To get your maximum HR (220- your age=??. Then mulitply that number by 0.9. That will be your maximum. You must be below that.)

Once every was done we headed back to Roehl. Once there we filled out some paperwork. Then we did the I-9 form on a laptop. One at a time. Then comes everyone's favorite word. LUNCH.

And it's from a sandwich place. You'll fill out a form in the morning and pick your sandwich, chips, and if you want a cookie. It was GOOD.

After lunch, we talked to Korey, the Training supervisor. He's an awesome guy as well. He'll do some get to know you stuff and then also tell you his expectations. To some he may seem a bit hardcore in some areas, but don't fret, it's the USMC in him. He's a great guy.

Next we got our copies of the JJ Keller book. As well as a set of Paper Logs. Then we were showed how to do the paperlogs.

And that was pretty much it from day 1. Simple and somewhat boring day. But tomorrow begins the fun!!

We were told we didn't need our J.J. Keller book tomorrow, but if you're like me and want to stay ahead of training, read the first 2 chapters when you get back to the hotel.

Anyway, that's what I'm doing once I'm done with this. I know my Day 1 wasn't great and suspenseful but it's Day 1: Orientation.

Oh, you'll also get your driver code....

So there you all have it. And to anyone coming in while I'm still here, don't be scared to ask myself or anyone else training anything. We are all a team and everyone will help you if you ask questions.

So feel free to ask on here as well. I'll try to update as much as I can. But with such quick paced training, I may miss a day or two. If so I'll get to it ASAP.

I can't wait for the weekend. It's supposed to be in the 40s and sunny. Plus this weekend we only work 7-11:30 on Saturday. We'll have the rest of the day and Sunday to ourselves. And since my roommate lives not far from here he's going home for a those days he said. So if so it's just me in here.

Well, until tomorrow everyone. Have a great and awesome day!!

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